21 March 2018

Dua Lipa's music is inspired by ‘terrible’ ex boyfriends

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Turns out Dua Lipa has been turning lemons into lemonade after she revealed all her smash hit songs have been inspired by her awful former boyfriends. informs citing

The 22-year-old admitted that she has a number of exes she can draw on for inspiration when she’s feeling a creative lull, ranging from ’emotionally manipulative’ to ‘terrible’. She told Rolling Stone: ‘[Some were] emotionally manipulative. ‘And then I dated this guy who literally would never eat a single vegetable. I was like, “This is terrible. You eat like a five-year-old. I’m f**king out.”‘ We couldn’t agree more – a veggie-free diet is the sure sign of a psychopath. Her breakout song Hotter Than Hell was inspired by the microblogging site Tumblr – and by an ex too, of course.

‘I was going through a tough breakup,’ she said. ‘Someone who made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. But when I wrote this song, I wanted it to seem like he couldn’t get enough of me. ‘The song was good, but the chorus wasn’t quite there. We were like, “Let’s scrap it.” ‘And I was scrolling through Tumblr, and I see the words “Hotter than Hell” in red on a black background. And I go, “That’s cool! What if he thought I was hotter than hell, and I just didn’t want him?”‘ Recently Dua has been working with notorious music producer Max Martin – who has worked with everyone from Celine Dion to Katy Perry – on her upcoming second album. She said: ‘I spent a week with Max, and it was the first time where I felt like there was a lot more method to the things I was writing about. First with him you lay down the melodies, listen to them over and over again, and say, “Maybe we should change this note.” ‘I played him some of the stuff I recorded in Jamaica, and he’d say, “You could totally simplify this. Just repeat that twice. Make it easier for the listener.” He has, like, a lot of rules and theories.’

But it’s not like Dua really needs the help – she won two awards at the Brit Awards on Wednesday for British Breakthrough Artist and British Female Solo Artist. She said in her speech: ‘I want to thank every single female that has been on this stage before me and has given girls like me a place to be inspired by and [someone to] look up to and allow us to dream. ‘Here’s to more women on these stages, winning these awards and taking over the world.’

2018.02.24 / 15:55
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